Since we are originally from Ukraine, we can tell about the country pretty much. Ukraine is very different from the Western European countries in terms of tourism. It's not difficult to travel in the large cities, but the small towns have almost no touristic infrastructure.
Maps of Ukraine:
Political map - the best map in English that I found in the Internet
Carpathian Mountains map
Promo Videos of Ukraine:
High Time to See Ukraine
Switch on Ukraine
All About U
See You in Ukraine by winner of Ukraine's Got Talent - Ksenia Simonova
Before your visit
U can read this article, that was written before Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Tourist routes in the Ukraine for independent travelers
Weekend trips from Kyiv
Places of Interest
The country has enough architectural and natural attractions, but the government is not interested in many of them at the moment. Without adequate funding, the sights continue to deteriorate every year.
Most attractions are located in western Ukraine, in the Carpathian Mountains, Crimea and Kyiv.
The most interesting places in Ukraine, in our opinion:
|Great panorama of Kiev ©Yuriy Buriak|
|Lviv Opera House ©Yuriy Buriak|
|Castle from the observation deck ©Yuriy Buriak|
|Observation deck near the 4th reactor ©Yuriy Buriak|
|Synevyr lake ©Yuriy Buriak|
Chernivtsi and University in Chernivtsi
|Chernivtsi National University ©Yuriy Buriak|
Arboretum "Sofiyivka" in Uman
|Sofiyivka Arboretum in Uman ©Yuriy Buriak|
|Odessa sea port. Odessa hotel ©Yuriy Buriak|
|Light and music fountain "Roshen" in Vinnytsia ©Yuriy Buriak|
Southern Coast of Crimea
|Lastochkino Gnezdo (Swallow's Nest) ©Yuriy Buriak|
Balaklava Bay and a secret tunnel for submarines built during the "cold war"
|Secret bunker for submarines ©Yuriy Buriak|
In the menu on the right you can find hundreds of other attractions. We didn't include in this list many interesting places because of poor infrastructure and transport links.
Separate article: Transport in Ukraine.
Mobile communication in Ukraine is very well developed. In Ukraine, there are three operators, which are the market leaders. Their proposals are practically identical.
Call prices start at $0.02/min and there is no more than $0.14/min. Regular price - $0.07/min.
Separate article: Internet in Ukraine.
http://green-ukraine.com/ - tours in western Ukraine in different languages
http://www.eway.in.ua/en/cities/kyiv - route planner in the ukrainian cities
http://bus.com.ua/cgi-bin/bus-gn?tr=1 - buses, ticket sales
http://uz.gov.ua/en/ - trains, ticket sales
http://www.traveltoukraine.org - official travel site of Ukraine
http://wikitravel.org/en/Ukraine - Wikitravel about Ukraine
http://visitkyiv.com.ua/en/index - òóðèñòè÷åñêèé ñàéò Êèåâà
http://lviv.travel/en/index - òóðèñòè÷åñêèé ñàéò Ëüâîâà
http://kyivmural.com/?lang=en - map of Kyiv murals
Some movies in which you can see Ukraine:
House of Flying Daggers (2004) - Chinese historical action drama with the Hong Kong stars Andy Lau and Zhang Ziyi. The film is almost entirely shot in the Ukrainian Carpathians, and very well shows the beauty of the mountains. It snowed so early (October) that the filmmakers had to change the script and the film. But, as a result, film was nominated for an Oscar for cinematography (video).
Battleship Potemkin (1925) - old, but fairly well-known film, has repeatedly called one of the best in the history of cinema. Some scenes of the film have become iconic and have been used in dozens of other movies (video).
Taras Bulba (2009) - a large-scale film about the life of Ukrainian Cossacks. Very well shown Khortytsya island and Khotyn Fortress (video).
Everything Is Illuminated (2005) - adventure tragicomedy in the road movie style with Elijah Wood. All events take place in Ukraine, mainly near Odessa (video).
D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1979) - a famous Soviet film based on the work of Alexandre Dumas. Filmed in Lviv, Lviv region, Odessa and the Odessa region.